“I kwendad and then I kujad” …the day I learned how to never get played on my phone

It was a cool Saturday afternoon and I had just completed the warm routine of walking home my beautiful girlfriend, Ciru. She always insisted that quality time is everything so we had to create moments. It included accompanying her to the gate of her apartment in Kileleshwa. A short distance from town in my eyes so I didn’t mind. Besides, I’m a little stingy so saving some money rather than getting her a cab is a good thing for my M-Pesa balance.

Wearing my sporty earphones, I took the zebra crossing into Arboretum drive and arrived at the pavement with music blaring in my ears. “Kuduff… Ting-Tingy-Tingy-Tarang-Tara … Kakuduf” I noded to the funky tune. Mentally, I started dancing like the days when we would rock the dance-floor and rule with our dancing shoes. I was in such a swinging mood.

Presently, my phone rang. It was a number I thought I knew. Swiped to receive and the authoritative voice caught my attention.

“Hello hujambo! Mimi ninaitwa Maxwell na ninakupigia hapa kutoka Safaricom Customer Care. Ninaongea na Omulokoli, tafadhali?”

“Ndio!”, I replied. “Feel free to speak English and call me Omu. Kanairo nu jamo buda boss!”

“Aaah! Thank you Omu. It is a pleasure to talk.” he reverted, knowing that he had stricken a chord with me now that I’d volunteered my nickname.

“Mr Omu”, he continued, “As I mentioned, I am calling you from Safaricom Customer Care. The reason why I’m calling is because we are trying to sort out an erroneous transaction on your Safaricom line. I believe you are an honest gentleman, aren’t you?”

“Yes I am, Maxwell.” I replied confidently. “I am a good Kenyan citizen and I am a big believer in the convenience of M-Pesa sir. How can I be of service?”

“Mr. Omu, I believe you have seen a text message from Mpesa, yes?” he asked.

I took a step beside the footpath to look into my phone and saw an SMS notification which I had somewhat missed. Opening the message, it read that I had received I sh.5,500/=.

“Waaah!” I exclaimed, “Kwani kunaendaje…”

“No need to panic Mr. Omu.” he quickly intercepted. “That money belongs to a lady who is in distress and as you have said, you are an honest Kenyan. She has sent it to you by mistake and she needs it back. These things happen. You are aware of that, aren’t you?” he asked.

“No problem. Anything you need!” I replied.

“Thank you very much Omu.” replied Maxwell. “Do you think you can send it to her immediately?

“Sure!” I retorted. As soon as I finish this call, I will send it to her.”

“You, sir, are a fine gentleman, I must say. More Kenyans should be just like you.” he responded.

I was flattered. Almost as much as when Ciru complemented my haircut today. The smile that was presently on my face was wider than my facemask.

“Alright thanks. I’ll send the money right away!” I replied

“Good on you! Thank you Mr. Omu and have a good day from all of us here at Safaricom!” he said as he finished and hang up.

I joyfully stood by the roadside and sent the money to the number. With a jolt, I slid the phone back into my pocket and started again on the walk. Arboretum drive was strangely buzzing with vehicles for a Saturday afternoon.

Getting to View Park towers just off University way, my girl Ciru called just to check up on me to find out where I had reached.

“I’m alright babes.” I bragged, “Si I told you how I like to save money. That 400 shillings I would have used to Kileleshwa and then South B doesn’t make sense.” I continued

“By the way my dear, I have just helped someone in distress. Customer Care at Safaricom called me and told me to help them send money back to someone who had sent it to me by mistake. How cool is that?” I said to her

“That’s nice. Have you confirmed the transaction is done?” she asked

I yanked out my phone from the pocket and unlocked the screen and got in to the inbox. Studying my M-Pesa messages, I saw that I had sent sh5,500/= to a person called Makini Makonde. Shock!

I also noticed that the message of me receiving the initial sh5,500/= wasn’t on M-Pesa. Swiped back in to my inbox and saw that message exists, yet it had come from a different number.

“Honey, are you there? You’re silent?” asked Ciru

I had just been conned. My M-Pesa balance was now sh.104.35

“I’ve been conned” I spoke back into the microphone

“Are you joking?” she inquired

“Noo …like for real. I have just been conned!” I answered. “I was blinded. My goodness!!!”

“Well, Safaricom only calls you from 0722 000000. Was that the number?” she asked

Checking my call log, I saw that it definitely wasn’t that number and more so, the prefix was not Safaricom.

How could I have been so careless. It then hit me. The gentleman had struck a cord with me and I got foolishly persuaded. He got me to send M-Pesa to that number in the guise of helping a distraught lady. He was not from Safaricom.

I hadn’t paid attention. I became quickly angry at myself. Countless emotions ran through my mind, the heaviest being an overwhelming embarrassment.

“My dear. What you can do immediately is to report. Send that number to 333 and then follow up with a call to Safaricom Customer care.” Ciru advised.

“For now, I’ll send you 400 shillings so that you can take a cab home.” she joked, caringly.

My day was ruined and my lesson was heavy. I reported that number to Safaricom just as Ciru had advised. Of course I tried calling the number but it was off. I sent the message to 456 in order to reverse the M-Pesa transaction. Yes, sh.5,500/= is not pocket change plus I knew Ciru would ask for a refund …hahahaa!

Anyway, from that day, I resolved to let as many people as possible to know that they must stay alert and keep vigil.

Never give out your personal details or your PIN. Safaricom will never ask you for that. If you receive a fraudulent call, hang up and report that number to 333.

If someone ever claims to have sent you M-Pesa erroneously, ask the sender to forward the M-Pesa message to 456 to complete a reversal request or to call 100 for assistance.

Hopefully, none of you will ever fall victim to fraudsters. This is my true story. If you ever have fallen to these tricks, I wonder what’s your story?

Pin Yako, Siri Yako!
Pin Yako, Siri Yako!

Mpesa Fraud: Protect yourself from conmen who pose as Safaricom staff

It was a Saturday morning, a day after the new year and Joseph Mburu was relaxing in his house. At around 8 am, he got a call from someone who claimed he was a Safaricom Customer care staff. Mburu who hails from Eastlands told us that the caller, a male staff notified him that his line had had double registration and they were trying to sort out the issue.

“Aliniambia eti line yangu imeregistiwa mara mbili, kwa njina langu na mtu anaitwa Esther Njeri. So akasema ndio laini yangu isifungwe, anahitaji kuniuliza masawali kadhaa,” Mburu said.

(He told me that my line had been registered twice on my name and a user called Esther Njeri. So for my line not to be locked, he said he would ask me some questions to verify the line really belongs to me).

Mburu said the caller asked him to state the last amount of top-up he had done and the last two numbers he had dialled which he did. He was then directed to M-Pesa details and without knowing, he revealed his details thinking the caller was a Safaricom staff. Some minutes later, he got a notification that his Sh15,000 had been withdrawn.

“I was shocked and in fact, I thought I was dreaming. It later hit me that I had been duped. I tried to reach out to Safaricom for help but it was too late,” he said.

Grace Lumbasi, a wife and a mother to teenage girls told us that through similar tricks, her entire saving was withdrawn. She said on Sunday, January 3 she was relaxing in her room because she was feeling unwell.

“I was sleeping after I took medication until my last born daughter woke me that I had a call. When I answered, the caller, a man told me that my M-Pesa had been blocked because my line had some complications,” Lumbasi said.

According to her, the caller notified her that she would not be able to do any M-Pesa transactions unless the issue is sorted out.

“Since I was feeling unwell, I did not even think through, Immediately asked him how they could help since I was convinced that he was a Safaricom Staff. He asked me some lead questions which I responded to” she said.

A few minutes later, she was shocked to get a notification that her M-Pesa balance was zero.

“I have never been duped like this, I almost fainted. I had sacrificed a lot despite the coronavirus pandemic to save something to help me in this year, then just in minutes someone walks away with it,” she said.

She said she had saved some Sh55,000 and she intended to use part of the money to pay school fees for her kids while the remaining to buy a cow.

“I have always wanted to own a cow and I knew my dream was coming true, now I don’t know where to start,” she said.

Mburu and Lumbasi are among many other Kenyans who have fallen victims to such tricks costing them fortunes. We have established that the conmen have devised ways in which they lure unsuspecting targets. Fraudsters are always devising new ways to con people. Since it is hard for scammers to infiltrate the M-Pesa system, they opt for non-technical methods, or social engineering, as it is popularly known. This involves tricking unsuspecting people into breaking normal security procedures and finally manipulating them into among other things, revealing M-Pesa PIN or withdrawing from ATMs remotely.

Precautions to take

Safaricom has come up with a few very simple rules and measures to ensure that your phone and more importantly, the information on your phone remains safe. Firstly, when it comes to your MPESA, the only person who should know your pin is you. Never tell it to anyone else, including anyone who claims to be from Safaricom. Pin Yako, Siri Yako!

If you do receive these fraudulent calls about your M-Pesa transactions, tell the person to contact Safaricom to reverse the transaction or to forward the MPESA message to 456 to reverse. If you suspect them to be a fraudster, immediately report their number by sending it in a text message to 333. Reporting these numbers helps ensure that they are investigated and blocked.

Safaricom will never ask you to share your passwords, whether it’s for your MPESA, bank or Sim. If they do, this is most definitely a scam and you can report the number and get it blocked. #JichanueAndTakeControl

Protect your phone and protect yourself

We use our phones for everything and these days our mobile numbers are tied to every part of our lives. Whether its social media, M-Pesa or you bank account, that information in the wrong hands can cause havoc in your lives.

Recently there has been a rising trend of conmen trying to get private information that would give them access to your mobile numbers. This can lead to your number being used for criminal activities, your money stolen or your information duplicated by criminals.

Protecting yourselves from mobile fraud does not require much and Safaricom has come up with a few rules to help ensure that you are safe.

Firstly, never disclose your phone pin. It is the main way to access everything on your phone and the first line of defense. Make sure you have a strong password and remember to change it regularly.

Secondly, Safaricom will never ask you for any of your passwords over the phone, so if anyone wants to know your pin for MPESA or mobile banking during a call, it is most definitely a scam. Another way to catch them out is that Safaricom will only ever call from 0722000000. If another number tries to call you, report them by sending a text message with the number to 333.

A general rule to also follow is that if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. We all want to believe that we have won a little extra money especially during these hard times, but this is almost always a scam made evident quickly when they start to ask for your personal information.

Mobile fraud can happen to anyone, criminals are constantly coming up with new and advanced way to trick us. However, protecting ourselves does not require a lot of work. Just being aware of who contacts us and using secure passwords. #JichanueAndTakeControl

Meet Gikomba artisan the first to win a house in Safaricom Maisha Ni Mpesa Tu promotion

It is said that when God decides to change your fate no man can alter that and that is the case of a Gikomba artisan who won the Safaricom Mpesa promo.

The man identified as James Njagi Waweru won in the Safaricom Mpesa Promo which was one was expected to win a fully furnished house worth KES. 14 Million.

To win this house and other prizes such as cash and airtime all one had to do was use Mpesa to buy or pay for services thus acquiring points in the process.


The father of one received keys to his apartment earlier Friday at ceremony held at the flat’s location in Kahawa West, Nairobi. He was accompanied by his wife, daughter, fellow traders and Safaricom staff.
Over the next six weeks, Safaricom will reward an additional six houses to six lucky customers, in addition to daily and weekly cash prizes to agents and customers.
James is among  a few Kenyans who have become house owners thanx to Safaricom among other people who have benefited from such promotions is Ali Mlemwa.
The young man (below)a boda boda rider from Mariakani Mombasa also won a 3 bedroom house in the Safaricom Mpesa  Promotion.
Ali Mlewa, his wife Peninnah Wilson, son Jabir Kiminza Ali and Safaricom’s Consumer Business Director, Sylvia Mulinge during the handover.

Here are photos of James Njagi the gikomba artisan and the house he won





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Kenyans To Pay More When Sending Money Via M-pesa

Safaricom has adjusted M-Pesa tariffs on the basis of Finance Bill, 2018 and the Provisional Collection of Taxes and Duties Act.

The government proposed a two per cent increase on the excise duty charged on service providers. Kenyans will now pay a 12 per cent excise duty on mobile money transactions, up from 10 per cent.

The telecommunications giant announced that the new tariffs are effective July 1.

The news charges are between Sh 1 and Sh3 higher.

Safaricom has limited the number of free transactions of below Sh100 to three per day. Thereafter, M-Pesa users will pay Sh1 for amounts between Sh1 and Sh49 and Sh2 for amounts between Sh50 and Sh100.

The maximum daily transaction value is Sh140,000 while the maximum amount per transaction is Sh70,000.

Safaricom further said that customers will not be able to withdraw less than Sh50 from agents.

“You cannot deposit money directly into another M-Pesa customer`s account at an agent outlet,” it added, as stated in the notice below.

The government tapped in the money transfer taxes when it read the Finance Bill – an annual money law that shows how the government will tax its citizens.

The taxing is part of measures to raise over Sh4 billion to fund Universal Health Care.


-The Star

A look inside Diamond Platnumz’ album launch event (Photos)

The much-anticipated Diamond Platnumz’ album launch went down at the Kenya National Theatre last night.

Diamond Platnumz and Omarion
Diamond Platnumz and Omarion on stage

The invites only party was attended by local artistes, media personalities, Wasafi crew, Diamond Platnumz’ mother, sister Esma and American rapper Omarion.

In case you were not invited, here are the photos of those who attended, go through and vote for the best dressed


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Diamond Platnumz’ mother during his album launch


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Harmonize at Diamond Platnumz’ album launch


Maina Kageni on stage during Diamond Platnumz’ album launch


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Starehe MP Jaguar


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Classic 105’s Mike Mondo with a friend at Diamond Platnumz’ album launch


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Local artistes


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Diamond Platnumz on stage during his album launch


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L-R: Kriss Darlin, Timmy Tdat and hair stylist Eric


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Diamond Platnumz' album launch
Elani Kenya


Diamond Platnumz' album launch
DJ Sadiq


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Diamond Platnumz' album launch


Diamond Platnumz' album launch
Wasafi crew with Diamond Platnumz’ family


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Diamond Platnumz' album launch


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Diamond Platnumz and his mother


Diamond Platnumz' album launch
Bahati with Eric

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore Finally Ties The Knot (Photos)

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer, Bob Collymore walked down the aisle to say ‘I do’ to the love of his life, Wambui Kamiru this weekend.

The elegant wedding was an invite-only affair that saw the who’s who attend it like media personalities Jeff Koinange and Caroline Mutoko and Radio Africa’s CEO Patrick Quarco, amongst others.

Wambui Kamiru is an artist and an art enthusiast, who’s the founder of The Art Space, an independent visual art space that comprises of a commercial gallery and alternative show spaces, located at Riverside.














Safaricom warns of network disruptions during Obama visit

Mobile service provider Safaricom has warned that there will be network disruptions during the three-day visit by U.S President Barrack Obama in Nairobi.

Safaricom quoted on their website that they had received queries from subscribers who are concerned that the network operations will be affected during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. They are assuring Safaricom users that they will ensure there are minimal disruptions.

“In this particular case, we have conducted key network optimization in certain locations where summit attendees will be located. In addition, we have upgraded our fixed data capacity to facilitate live streaming as the visit is of international interest,” Safaricom says.

The disruptions could start tomorrow afternoon, and will depend on the location of President Obama and other delegates of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

“We recognize the fact that as the most protected individual in the world, there will be some security measures undertaken by his team which could include the temporary disruption of mobile signals close to where the President is at any given time. These interruptions will be intermittent,” they conclude.

Accumulated talk-time, data, SMSs will not be lost, Safaricom now says

Safaricom has clarified that subscribers on the Karibu PostPay tariff with accumulated talk-time, data bundles and text messages will not lose them once the validity period takes effect on May 1, 2015.

General Manager for Consumer Business Sylvia Mulinge said that current subscribers with accumulated resources will not be subject to the validity period until they finish their extras.

“However, beginning May 1, 2015, all resources purchased under the Karibu PostPay Tariff will be subject to the existing terms and conditions which state that any unused minutes, SMS or data on the subscribers chosen Price Plan bundle will expire at the end of each month and will not be rolled over into the next month,” Mulinge said.

An earlier announcement by the service provider that subscribers will lose all accumulated resources caused a stir online with users decrying the loss of minutes, data bundles and text messages.

In May 2014, Safaricom had announced plans to terminate the Karibu PostPay tariff with over 140,000 users on May 26 this year owing to lack of profits in maintaining the service.


NTSA Launches “Save 1000 Lives” Initiative

The National Roads Safety Authority(NTSA) in conjunction with National Road Safety Trust have launched an initiative dubbed, “Save 1000 lives” that hopes to reduce road fatalities by 1,000 in the next two years.

According to a startling report by the roads authority Kenya, loses almost 3000 people from road carnage with the majority being pedestrians.

In 2014, the report shows 1340 pedestrians perished from road accidents, 268 drivers, 642 passengers, 162p/passengers, 104 p/cyclists and 391 motorcyclists.

The reasons for the high number of deaths include high-speed traffic, reduced enforcement during these times, pedestrians crossing at undesignated areas and drunk driving.

According to WHO road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for young people between 15-29years.

Announcing the initiative on Thursday Bob Collymore, the founding trustee of the national safety trust said, “Working with the NTSA, we would like to introduce a macro strategy that is aligned with the national government, continental and global priorities in road safety.”

WHO set aside a decade of action for road safety in 2011 with a focus on pedestrians and hope it will be achieved by 2020.

The Safaricom International Jazz Festival in photos

The Safaricom Jazz festival is one of the biggest events of the year and this year’s was not any different. According to the Safaricom Jazz website the festival was an exciting one week multi-venue music and cultural event set to showcase the best in emerging and acclaimed talent in Africa and beyond with the final concert culminating at Ngong Race Course.

Jonathan Butler (you can listen to his interview HERE when he visited our studios) was headlining this year’s amazing festival among other great acts including saxophonist Soweto Kinch, Belgian act Rhythm Junks, Eddie Grey, Kunle Ayo, The Aaron Rimbui Quintet, Jimmy Dludlu, The Nile Project, Richard Bona and Yuval Cohen.

Celebrities turned up in numbers including the Elani ladies, Jimmy Gathu, Mumbi Kaigwa and Juliani who was teaching Safaricom CEO, BobCollymore a few moves. In case you missed it check out the photos below;

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Photos courtesy; Events N Camera Facebook


Jazz legend Jonathan Butler sits in for Mwalimu King’ang’i

Jonathan butler began his musical journey at age 7, he won his first new comer award when he was 12 and is one of Africa’s greatest jazz legends. Jonathan who is in kenya for the Safaricom International Jazz Festival will perform at the Ngong Racecourse on Sunday February 22nd alongside other local artistes among them the Swahili Jazz Band led by Juma Tutu. Butler, a renown singer-songwriter and guitarist, has 22 albums under his belt.

His albums include Introducing Jonathan Butler, Inspirations, 7th Avenue, Deliverance, Heal Our Land, Surrender, Worship Project and his latest Living my Dream released last year. He previously performed in Kenya in 2010.

In his interview this morning with Maina Kageni, Jonathantalks passionately about his mother who was his inspiration to join music. His favourite album of all time in his collection is Surrender. He also talks about his life in drugs, moving from famous to not famous and more.

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Listen to the interview below.

Jazz legend Jonathan Butler to perform in Kenya

One of Africa’s greatest jazz artistes, Jonathan Butler will be the headline act in this year’s Safaricom International Jazz Festival. The 54-year-old South African jazz legend will perform at the event slated for February 22 at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi, alongside other local artistes among them the Swahili Jazz Band led by Juma Tutu. Butler, a renown singer-songwriter and guitarist, has 22 albums under his belt. Racial segregation and poverty during the infamous Apartheid in South Africa, have made up many of his records.

Nevertheless, his first single made history after it became the very first song by a black artiste to be played by white radio stations in the racially segregated nation. The single earned a Sarie Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards.

In 2006, Butler was a featured vocalist on the album Gospel Goes Classical, produced by Henry Panion, a music professor at University of Alabama in Birmingham. The recording rose to number two on the Billboard Gospel chart and number three on the Classical Crossover chart. Butler himself was nominated for a Grammy Award for his single Going Home the same year. Two years later, he appeared as a guest star on George Duke’s album Dukey Treats, on the track ‘Sudan’ which talked about the humanitarian disasters of Darfur.

His albums include Introducing Jonathan Butler, Inspirations, 7th Avenue, Deliverance, Heal Our Land, Surrender, Worship Project and his latest Living my Dream released last year. He previously performed in Kenya in 2010.


Safaricom slashes roaming rates for 21 countries

Safaricom customers will now enjoy lower roaming rates for calls, SMS and Internet in 21 countries, CEO Bob Collymore has said.

Making the announcement on Friday, Collymore said the aim is to provide its subscribers with affordable services wherever they go.

“We always place the needs of our customers at the forefront of our business. We have aggressively lobbied countries and our partners to ensure our subscribers can enjoy the same reliable communication services they have come to know in Kenya when they travel at significantly reduced rates,” he said.

The new tariffs will see Kenyans pay Sh200 for up to 10 minutes of talk-time, Sh10 per SMS, and 10MBs of internet data in the countries whose local telecommunication firms have partnerships with Safaricom.

They include Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mozambique.

To access information on the charges in specific countries, PostPay customers can dial *200# and PrePay *100#, then select ‘Products & Services’ followed by ‘Safaricom Roaming’ and follow the prompts.


Safaricom gets contract for security camera’s

The Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government today signed a landmark agreement with Safaricom that will see the roll out of a first-of-its-kind National Surveillance, Communication and Control System, for Nairobi and Mombasa.

The contract signing ceremony for the agreement took place today at Harambee House and was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph Ole Lenku; Amb (Dr.) Monica Juma, Principal Secretary, Interior, Dr. Kamau Thugge, Principal Secretary, National Treasury; David Kimaiyo, Inspector General and Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO.

The development effectively means that Safaricom can now embark on the process of building the secure communications and surveillance network. The solution will also include the installation of cameras in the two cities to provide real-time footage to the National Police Operations Centre.

The Cabinet Secretary Mr. Lenku said the secure communications and surveillance project would greatly enhance security in the country by providing security agents with the capability to monitor and deter crime.

“In July, the National Assembly Committee on Administration and National Security approved the award of the project to Safaricom, setting the stage for today’s announcement. We believe that the level of scrutiny provided over the last five months by the National Assembly and Public Procurement Oversight Authority, among others, is sufficient.

We are keen to see the project go live as soon as possible,” said Amb. Juma. On his part, Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore indicated that this was a pioneering achievement, not just for Kenya, but also for Africa.

“Over the next 18 months, Safaricom will build an intelligent solution that harnesses the power of technology to enable law enforcement officers effectively coordinate and deploy their resources in response to threats to national security and, indeed, emergency situations requiring the interplay of competencies from the National Police Service and various disaster response teams.”

Upon completion, the system will be operated by the National Police Service under the expertise of a core project team comprising senior officers from the National Police Service and communications experts.

The project gets underway following the receipt of all relevant approvals required to complete the installation and management of a communication and surveillance system to help combat crime.

Under the terms of the 5 year agreement, Safaricom will undertake the completion of the KSh14.9 billion project (exclusive of taxes) at its cost and thereafter hand over the operations of the system to the National Police Service.

As part of the agreed terms, the Government will enjoy the use of the service at no cost for the first year of its operation and the Government will only start paying for the solution through a series of annual installments commencing in 2016.

Safaricom revises Mpesa charges downwards

Telecommunications giant Safaricom has reviewed downwards the amounts charged to transfer cash on its mobile money platform MPESA.

As from 21st August 2014, subscribers will see transaction fees reduced by up to two thirds for transfer amounts ranging between Sh10- to Sh1, 500. It currently costs between Sh3 and Sh66 to send amounts within this range.

The operator has also rationalized tariffs for sending amounts exceeding Sh1, 501 to an average of 0.8% percent of the transaction value.

CEO Bob Collymore says the revision is in tandem with usage trends with close to two thirds of all person to person transactions on the platform being within the Sh10 – Sh1500 band.

All other tariffs will remain unchanged.

Safaricom Expects to Complete Purchase of YU Mobile Within Months

Safaricom Ltd., East Africa’s biggest mobile phone company, expects its joint acquisition of rival yumobile to be completed within months at a cost of about $120 million, Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore said.

Objections to the deal raised by Kenya’s communications-industry regulator have been withdrawn and the Nairobi-based company expects to submit the transaction for approval to the country’s competition authority soon, Collymore said today in an interview at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington.

“I am hoping we can close this in a couple of months,” he said.

Safaricom, 40 percent owned by Vodafone Plc (VOD), and Airtel Kenya Ltd., a unit of New Delhi-based Bharti Airtel Ltd., announced plans in March to buy yumobile, Kenya’s third-biggest network operator that’s owned by Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd. Safaricom, which is based in Nairobi, will take over Essar’s network base stations and transmission equipment.

READ MORE: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-05/safaricom-expects-to-complete-purchase-of-yumobile-within-months.html